June Fundraising Drive - Women's Leadership Initiative

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Your Support Inspires the Growth of Biathlon and Enables Us to Achieve Our Goals

As part of our generous donor community, you help provide 20% of our annual budget. Our June Fund Drive is critical in supporting programs and initiatives at all levels, from grassroots to elite high performance, and this year’s focus  is integral to our long-term plan.

June Fundraising Drive - Women's Leadership Initiative

We need your support to build strong female leadership in biathlon here in the U.S. and lead the global biathlon community! 

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The Women’s Leadership Initiative

Our 2030 goals are clear: Grow biathlon across our country; attract the most talented athletes to the sport; deliver sustainable Olympic medal-winning performances at every Games beginning in Antholz in 2026.

Achieving these goals requires building participation at the grassroots level, attracting top athletic talent, and delivering a world-class high-performance program. Inclusion and gender equality are paramount to success, and we are committed to providing opportunities and support for women athletes and sports professionals at all levels, from grassroots to elite high performance.

We are pursuing an initiative integral to our 2030 plan that will build strong and sustainable women’s leadership in biathlon.  These are the core elements:

  • Supporting world-class female coaching
  • Identifying top female XC athletes and providing targeted, tailored and fully funded opportunities to pursue biathlon
  • Athlete health and wellness
  • Targeted outreach and promotion
  • Mentoring and post-competition career support

We need your support to build strong female leadership in biathlon here in the U.S. and lead the global biathlon community! 

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Women's Leadership Initiative

Click each box below to learn more about the programs and initiatives within the Women's Leadership Initiative made possible by the generosity of our donors!

  • Women's Coaching Initiative

    Biathlon has a significant shortage of female coaches and we must expand the female coaching population across the spectrum.

    Learn more HERE.

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  • Nordic Focus Photo Agency

    Health and Wellness

    One of the biggest challenges to our elite athletes is illness on the World Cup circuit. By improving our overall wellness plan, we aim to see is significant improvements in athlete wellness and performance this season and beyond.

    Learn more HERE.

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  • Project X

    Project X provides a pathway into the development pipeline for high performing cross-country skiers to give biathlon a shot. Through this program, we provide a tailored approach and support for female athletes interested in training to become a competitive biathlete.

    Learn more HERE.

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  • Outreach, Promotion & Mentorship

    In order to sustainably grow the population of female biathletes in the U.S., we must put resources towards promoting the sport to young girls and women. Once women are a part of the development pipeline, we're developing a mentorship program that will take a holistic approach that addresses the whole athlete.

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By investing in women's biathlon, we will create a more diverse and inclusive sporting community, inspire more athletes to participate, and strengthen our competitiveness on the Olympic and world stage. We invite you to join us on this journey.
Jack Gierhart, U.S. Biathlon President & CEO